Reginald Hill

Are books always best?

There are lots of answers, and different ways of answering the question of ‘are books always best’? And the answers to most of those various questions, would mostly be YES! However, what I’m pondering on is whether the original book is always better than the dramatic production – play, film, TV programme/series. If I think […]


Thinking about ending it…

I’m not throwing in the towel, but I am thinking about how to end my novel Radwinter. With the helpful suggestion of my friend Isabel, I have written the last chapter… but it is the chapter before which is making me a little concerned… is it too soppy? Are there too many coincidences? Will the […]



Endings are vital… satisfactory endings are compulsory but beginnings have to leap off the page and grab your reader. The words have to mesmerise them and pull them in under your spell. My favourite book: “The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn’t dropped dead at Taunton races Jim would never have come to Thursgood’s at all.” […]